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20 December 2022
With 2022 drawing to a close, we look back at what has been a fantastic season and forward to what to expect in 2023
Looking back on 2022
2022 has been a great year. We have welcomed 390 young people aboard the Swan for 76 days of sail training activities, as well as undertaken a range of trips for the public and our community. The Trust also became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and welcomed seven new Trustees who bring a wide range of skills to the board.
The Tall Ships Races 2022 were very successful, with Swan receiving awards for Most Welcoming Ship; Best in Crew Parade; and coming 3rd in class in race one; as well as our Skipper, Maggie Adamson, being named Sail Training International’s Sail Trainer of the Year.
We also welcomed aboard members of the public and our community including, sailing around the Western isles, St Kilda, Shetland and Orkney, family trips, themed weekends, a Sessions and Sail experience, a Word Play literary event, a photoshoot with Fair Isle Knitwear, and working with local groups such as Ability Shetland, Alzheimer’s Scotland and Moving On. Find out more about these activities here.
The feedback from all trips and charters has been incredible, which is testament to our Skipper Maggie and everyone who has helped her crew. Over 40 volunteers have helped crew the Swan this year, and many more have volunteered ashore. We would like to thank everyone for their time, skills and knowledge. We were also delighted one of our long standing volunteers, Ian Nicolson, received the Individual 2022 Marsh Volunteer Award from National Historic Ships.
We would also like to thank all our sponsors and funders for the support they provide every year, without whom we could not maintain and operate the Swan, including The Shetland Charitable Trust, Shetland Islands Council Coastal Communities Fund, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Zetland Educational Trust, ASTO, Peoples Postcode Trust, and many sponsors, including great support from Shetland’s pelagic fleet, as well as other fisheries and aquaculture related businesses.
Looking Forward to 2023
We are looking forward to a full sailing season next year including taking part in the Tall Ships Races, which will see Shetland host the races for a third time, and other youth sail training and community activities.
We also have trips on offer to the public, which are ready to book, including:
The Swan has inspired a new range of Jewellery designed by Orkney based jewellers Aurora. The design of their Tall Ships collection is not only based on the Swan but also inspired by the Swan’s story of community, hope and renewal – being rescued, restored and relaunched as a sail training vessel.Read More